DND to ask exemption from PRRD’s ban order for 6 offshore patrol vessels

DND to ask exemption from PRRD’s ban order for 6 offshore patrol vessels

The Philippines continues to acquire military equipment for its continued modernization program.
Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana would be asking president Rodrigo Roa Duterte for an exemption of his order for the Philippines’ loan with Australia with respect to its possible government to government (GTG) loan agreement for the building of 6 offshore patrol vessels for the Philippine Navy.

Delfin said he would ask for an exemption from the President should the Australian government approves the loan agreement.

Proposed OPV's for the PH Navy (Austal website)

“If we give it to them, they will employ more Filipinos. I think this is a very good case [for exemption] to the memo of the president,” Delfin said in the senate hearing
The said vessels will be built in Cebu, where Australian shipbuilder Austal has a presence. It will also employ a lot of Filipino skilled workers, the Defense chief said.

Australia is one of the 18 countries that supported the Iceland led resolution calling for the Philippines review on its war on drugs.

Malacanang has repeatedly denied any involvement in summary killings, saying drug suspects were slain in a valid and legitimate police operation and that resisted arrest.
Further, the Palace has described the said UNHRC resolution as nothing “designed to embarrass” the Philippines.

The PN’s  OPV

The Offshore patrol Vessel (OPV) project are part of Horizon Two of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (AFPMP) and expected to replace the World War II corvettes and minesweepers still in PN service as of this time.

Austal is offering a larger version of its 80-meter Cape-class patrol vessels being used by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Border Force. Defense Chief Lorenzana said the PN is preferring a government-to-government (GTG) approach in acquiring the vessels.

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